The Fashion Law has done it again, and this time is just as rewarding! Last Wednesday, we told you that Cushnie et Ochs' designers, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, were entangled in one of the most blatant cases of design piracy we've seen in a long time. Thai label, Jaspal, collaborated with NYC-based emerging designer, Nuj Novakhett, to produce a Pre-Fall 2012 capsule collection. The resulting designs are disturbingly similar to quite a few of the in-demand Parsons grads' designs, and the corresponding lookbook takes a little too much inspiration from Cushnie et Ochs' S/S 2012 lookbook.
Adding insult to injury, Novakhett took to her Facebook, defaming the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. She claimed that her designs are not only original but that she actually produced her designs before Cushnie et Ochs, in accordance with the U.S. design season schedule. Novakhett also stated that she worked with Keegan Singh, the same stylist as Cushnie et Ochs, which explains why the lookbooks were nearly identical. Since then, Singh has issued a statement openly denying any recent involvement with Novakhett and with the Jaspal lookbook. The girls behind Cushnie et Ochs also set out the timeline for their designs, proving that their designs did, in fact, precede Novakhett's.
After persistent emails to Jaspal requesting that they remove the pictures of the Cushnie et Ochs copies from the company's Facebook page and website, we can confirm that they have removed all images in just under a week. Justice is served. Check out Cushnie et Ochs' website to see their latest designs and stockists that sell authetic Cushnie et Ochs wares. Long live Cushnie et Ochs!
Novakhett for Jaspal (left) & Cushnie et Ochs F/W 2012 (right)